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  • Ill. attorney general to investigate Massage Envy policies after sex misconduct suits

    Ill. attorney general to investigate Massage Envy policies after sex misconduct suits

    Following reports of nearly 200 lawsuits filed across the country by women who said they were groped or sexually assaulted by their massage therapists, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan subpoenaed Massage Envy on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether the company properly handled...

      • DuPage County Board signs off on no-tax-raise budget

        DuPage County Board signs off on no-tax-raise budget

        The DuPage County Board has approved a new fiscal year 2018 budget that, for the 10th consecutive year, does not ask residents for a tax increase. The spending plan calls for belt-tightening across all county departments due, in part, to the General Assembly cutting more than $3 million in revenue...

          • Police: Aurora car hijacking set up via social media

            Police: Aurora car hijacking set up via social media

            Three teenagers face charges following a carjacking that left a Naperville man hospitalized after traveling to Aurora for a date set up though the "MeetMe" social media app, Aurora police said Wednesday. A 19-year-old woman and two younger teens have been charged with car hijacking and armed robbery...

              • Naperville police report third armed robbery in two days

                Naperville police report third armed robbery in two days

                A convenience store was held up Tuesday night, the third armed robbery in Naperville in two days, Naperville police said. Two men entered the 7-Eleven at Route 59 and Diehl Road about 8:30 p.m. and demanded money, Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said. They then fled south on foot with an undetermined amount...

                  • More cars burglarized in Naperville; 2 stolen cars recovered

                    More cars burglarized in Naperville; 2 stolen cars recovered

                    Car burglaries continued through the weekend in Naperville, and two stolen cars were recovered, Naperville Police said Monday. Seven vehicles were reported burglarized and recorded on Naperville's public safety map for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend crime follows reports last week that...

                  • Slew of suburban Democrats seek to challenge Roskam, Hultgren in 2018

                    Slew of suburban Democrats seek to challenge Roskam, Hultgren in 2018

                    Ten Democrats lined up to take aim at Republicans in two west suburban congressional districts Monday, the first day of filing for the March 20 primary election. Five Democrats and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam submitted nominating petitions for the 6th District congressional seat,...

                  • Vandals cause $14K in damage at White Eagle Golf Course

                    Vandals cause $14K in damage at White Eagle Golf Course

                    Naperville CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information about damaged property inside White Eagle Golf Course last week. According to a news release, an individual or group of people got into White Eagle between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday. Three large plastic green covers...

                  • No place like mom-and-pop stores, say Naperville, Aurora shoppers on Small Business Saturday

                    No place like mom-and-pop stores, say Naperville, Aurora shoppers on Small Business Saturday

                    Naperville resident Jeanine Cardot believes small businesses are the backbone of a community and the country as a whole. "I just love the mom-and-pop businesses. They have a different flavor than the chain stores, offering unique products, specialized service and more customer care," Cardot said...

                  • Lack of quorum keeping Naperville's Sister Cities Commission from meeting

                    Lack of quorum keeping Naperville's Sister Cities Commission from meeting

                    With more than half its 15 positions empty, the Naperville Sister Cities Commission has been unable to meet because they lack enough members for a quorum. That could change by the end of the year if Naperville City Councilwoman Patty Gustin's request to reduce the number of seats on the mayoral-appointed...

                  • Naperville cops: 3 cars stolen, 9 burglarized on Thanksgiving

                    Naperville cops: 3 cars stolen, 9 burglarized on Thanksgiving

                    Three cars were stolen, nine burglarized and more than a half dozen damaged Thursday, according to the online crime map posted by the Naperville Police Department. The car thefts occurred in the 600 block of Jackson Avenue, the 700 block of South Julian Street and the 500 block of Harlowe Lane....

                  • Early Friday fire damages Naperville home, displaces 3 people and pets

                    Early Friday fire damages Naperville home, displaces 3 people and pets

                    Three people and their pets were left homeless after an early morning fire Friday damaged the second floor of their home, the Naperville Fire Department said. Firefighters responded to a 3:47 a.m. call in the 800 block of South Whispering Hills Drive and found light smoke and fire in the attic...

                  • Naperville News Digest

                    Naperville News Digest

                    Children's Museum hosts Bubble Bash Tickets are on sale for the DuPage Children's Museum's annual family New Year's Eve celebration, Bubble Bash 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 31, at the museum, 301 N. Washington St. Bubble Bash is a fundraiser for the museum and a way for families and...

                  • This Week in Naperville

                    This Week in Naperville

                    Wimpiest Party Ever The Wimpiest Party Ever, based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series, will be held at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Children in third through fifth grades can take photos and participate in a toilet paper race and a trivia contest....

                  • Teacher Feature: Drum class for multineeds students one of his joys, music teacher says

                    Teacher Feature: Drum class for multineeds students one of his joys, music teacher says

                    When you hear beautiful voices coming out of the choral room at Scullen Middle School, it's safe to say Michael Ferguson is busy working. The music teacher and chorus director has been sharing his talents with middle school students at the Naperville school for the past four years. "I loved singing,...

                  • Down to Business: Detective Dan turns life's work into fraud protection business

                    Down to Business: Detective Dan turns life's work into fraud protection business

                    Business: Detective Dan Address: 931 W. 75th St., Naperville Phone/website: 630-699-5054, detectivedan.com Owner: Daniel W. Draz Years in business: "I've actually been in the fraud business for 32 years, fighting very sophisticated, organized criminal activity," Dan Draz said. What does this business...

                  • Naperville Arrest Report

                    Naperville Arrest Report

                    ?Amosh Kumar, 31, of the 300 block of Campbell Drive, was arrested on a charge of violating an order of protection at 2:29 p.m. Nov. 17 in the 3100 block of South Route 59. ?Reneicka Wright, 33, of the 100 block of East Bailey Road, was arrested on a charge of DUI at 12:06 a.m. Nov. 17 in the 1500...

                  • It's the most wonderful time of the year: Naperville holiday roundup

                    It's the most wonderful time of the year: Naperville holiday roundup

                    With the Christmas season getting under way Friday, there will be no shortage of ways to get your holilday cheer on in Naperville. Here are some events we know are already planned: ?Naper Lights — Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 at Naper Settlement. Hours are 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday...

                  • How will Trump's presidency impact 2018 DuPage, Kane County elections?

                    How will Trump's presidency impact 2018 DuPage, Kane County elections?

                    Political party leaders are calculating how President Donald Trump's presidency and the gridlock between Illinois' Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature will influence DuPage and Kane county voters going into the 2018 midterm elections. Monday is the first day candidates for...

                  • Chef's Choice: Asian chef modifies menu to appeal to American palate

                    Chef's Choice: Asian chef modifies menu to appeal to American palate

                    In Chef's Choice, the Naperville Sun asks local chefs to share their culinary background and experiences and to talk about a featured dish found on their menu. This week, we speak with Jin Chen, 42, chef at and owner of Jin 28 at 28 W. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville, who left his home in the Guangdong...

                  • Naperville City Council wants 'teeth' in new pet protection ordinance

                    Naperville City Council wants 'teeth' in new pet protection ordinance

                    Naperville's newly proposed pet protections ordinance has bark but no bite, officials said. After lengthy discussion Tuesday night, Naperville City Council members directed staff to come back with options that would put more teeth in a proposal that, in part, aims to ensure pet stores source puppies...

                  • Naperville man charged with child porn possession, distribution

                    Naperville man charged with child porn possession, distribution

                    A Naperville man has been arrested on charges that he possessed and distributed child pornography, police said. Joseph Lureau, 34, was booked into the Will County jail on four counts of felony child pornography Tuesday after the Naperville Police Department executed a search warrant at his home...

                  • Patients' rights at issue in case of ex-nurse accused of taking sexual images from phone

                    Patients' rights at issue in case of ex-nurse accused of taking sexual images from phone

                    Trying to balance the right to a fair trial with patient privacy concerns, a DuPage County judge Tuesday set stringent rules for handling video evidence in the case of a former nurse charged with accessing sexual images from a hospital patient’s phone. Judge Brian Telander ruled that video surveillance...

                  • District 203 property tax rate projected to fall

                    District 203 property tax rate projected to fall

                    Property owners in Naperville School District 203 will see the district tax rates fall as a result of the 2017 tax levy. The district will ask property owners for $239.3 million to educate students and maintain the buildings and $3.1 million to pay down debt bringing the total to $242.4 million....

                  • Naperville People in the News

                    Naperville People in the News

                    100 Women Who Care makes donation The 100 Women Who Care-Medinah Chapter on Nov. 2 donated $5,200 to the Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville. The 100 Women Who Care is a group of women who select a local charity to support. Since its inception in 2016, the Medinah Chapter has donated more than...

                  • Itasca man killed in crash while changing tire in Naperville

                    Itasca man killed in crash while changing tire in Naperville

                    A man from Itasca was killed early Tuesday when another vehicle hit him while he was changing a tire in Naperville, authorities said. It was just after midnight when Ramiro Fonseca, 26, was changing a tire on his 2004 Kia Optima on 75th Street at Fort Hill Drive, according to Naperville police...

                  • Naperville Christkindlmarket offers more food options in 2nd year

                    Naperville Christkindlmarket offers more food options in 2nd year

                    While tables complete with turkey, potatoes and cranberries get the stage through Thursday, the holiday spotlight turns to Naper Settlement Friday when the Naperville Christkindlmarket, promising to be bigger than last year, opens its second season. This year's Christkindlmarket incorporates 47...

                  • National Geographic explorer shares his story of finding the spinosaurus with Indian Prairie students

                    National Geographic explorer shares his story of finding the spinosaurus with Indian Prairie students

                    Make no bones about it, kids get excited about dinosaurs. Area students and residents were treated to a unique lesson in science Friday morning when paleontologist Dr. Nizar Ibrahim paid a visit to Patterson Elementary School in Naperville and McCarty Elementary School in Aurora and presented a...

                  • Naperville council to consider new pet store regulations, mandatory microchipping

                    Naperville council to consider new pet store regulations, mandatory microchipping

                    A proposal to revamp Naperville pet sale policies, requiring pet stores to use only commercial breeders in compliance with USDA regulations and shelters and rescue groups to microchip all animals available for adoption, will be considered by the Naperville City Council Tuesday. The proposed Animal...

                  • Naperville manager to review consolidation of Naper Settlement, library and city

                    Naperville manager to review consolidation of Naper Settlement, library and city

                    Naperville city officials looking to cut costs will study whether Naper Settlement, Naperville Public Library and the city government can share administrative offices such as finance or human resources. Naperville City Council members recently advised City Manager Doug Krieger's office to look...

                  • Cop and convict join forces for Naperville anti-drug program

                    Cop and convict join forces for Naperville anti-drug program

                    Naperville police want parents to talk early and often with their teens about drug use and opioid addiction, and hope a Dec. 13 program called "The Cop and The Convict" will spur much-needed conversation. The 90-minute program, being held in partnership with the Naperville nonprofit group KidsMatter,...

                  • Naperville News Digest

                    Naperville News Digest

                    Park police holding Toys for Tots drive The Naperville Park District Police Department will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for the DuPage County Toys for Tots campaign at various locations through Saturday, Dec. 16. Collection sites include the Naperville Park District Administration Building,...

                  • This Week in Naperville

                    This Week in Naperville

                    DuPage Symphony Orchestra concert The DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents "Enduring Classics" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $38. For more information, call 630-637-7469 or go to www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix...

                  • Naperville arrest report

                    Jakobi Kinsey, 19, of the 200 block of East Bailey Road, was arrested on a warrant at 2:05 a.m. Nov. 3 in the 200 block of East Bailey Road. Trammel Worley, 20, of Spruce Road in Homewood, was arrested on a charge of for possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:50 a.m. Nov. 3 at West Ogden Avenue...

                  • Down to Business: Discount Mattress owner loves getting people into new beds

                    Down to Business: Discount Mattress owner loves getting people into new beds

                    Business: Discount Mattress Address: 560 S. Route 59, Naperville Phone: 630-922-6300 Owner: Graham Hill Years in business: 2 What does this business do? "Discount Mattress is a mattress retail store. We offer good prices on brand-name bedding. …We don't carry the Simmons or the Sealy (lines), but we...

                  • First Engage 204 session raises questions about district disparities, other issues

                    First Engage 204 session raises questions about district disparities, other issues

                    Disparities in class sizes, teacher pay and per pupil costs between Indian Prairie District 204 and comparable school districts, such as Naperville District 203, surprised some residents participating in a community meeting this week. Indian Prairie hosted its first Engage 204 session, a program...

                  • Mixed reaction from Fox Valley-area lawmakers to House approval of GOP tax plan

                    Mixed reaction from Fox Valley-area lawmakers to House approval of GOP tax plan

                    Local Congressional members toed the political party line Thursday when the U.S. House voted 227-205 in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which calls for major changes in the personal and corporate tax structure. The nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul drawn up by the GOP would lower the corporate...

                  • Chef's Choice: Modern Tavern chef started cooking at 4, never looked back

                    Chef's Choice: Modern Tavern chef started cooking at 4, never looked back

                    In Chef's Choice, the Naperville Sun asks local chefs to share their culinary background and experiences and to talk about a featured dish found on their menu. This week, we speak with Jason Robinson, 36, chef de cuisine for the Modern Tavern at The Craftsman in downtown Naperville. Before joining...

                  • 'A whole spectrum of ideas': Innovative thinkers descend on TEDxNaperville

                    One by one, 18 different speakers took the stage in the large Yellow Box auditorium in Naperville in the hope of dazzling an audience of 500 eager listeners with little more than a microphone and a 15-minute story. The topics ranged from racism to songwriting to suicide in the smorgasbord of ideas,...

                  • Community Christmas tree up in Dandelion Fountain

                    Naperville resident Joan Boyle loves that the park district sets up a community Christmas tree along the Riverwalk every year. "I moved here four years ago, and like to take walks every morning through the downtown," Boyle said. "It's wonderful to have this tree each year. I came by earlier this...

                  • Naperville library lays off 5 staffers, seeks 4.3% levy hike

                    The Naperville Public Library has laid off five employees and wants the city of Naperville to approve a 4.3 percent property tax levy increase to fill a $600,000 funding gap in its 2018 budget. Without the levy increase, the library will need to cut the hours it is open to the public, said Julie...

                  • District 203 to host conversation about suicide

                    Residents of Naperville School District 203 are invited to join the discussion at the next Focus 203 talk titled "Community Conversation about Suicide." Jonathan Singer, a Loyola University Chicago professor, author and suicide intervention, will present information on suicide, including myths...

                  • Even without a liquor license, pedal pub might roll into Naperville

                    The lack of a permit for alcohol consumption on a pedal-powered pub isn't quashing a Naperville resident's efforts to bring the bar on wheels to city streets. Naperville Liquor Commission members last week voted unanimously against issuing a bring-your-own-bottle permit for the proposed pedal pub,...

                  • Counterfeit bills, some of which may be movie props, used in Naperville, Aurora: police

                    Counterfeit money, some of which bear the phrase as "for motion picture use only," have been used to scam sellers in Naperville and Aurora over the past two months, police said. In one case, a 14-year-old Naperville boy was given about $1,200 in fake bills on Oct. 28 when he sold shoes using the...

                  • Parents press District 204 to end achievement gap

                    Parents were back before the Indian Prairie District 204 School Board Monday to reiterate their plea to close the achievement gap. The most recent Illinois Report Card data released by the state shows black students in District 204 continue to lag well behind their white and Asian counterparts...

                  • District 204 property taxes projected to go up 2.1%

                    Property taxes for homeowners in Indian Prairie School District 204 are expected to rise as a result of the district's 2017 tax levy. The district will ask property owners for $264.9 million to run the schools and $27.2 million for bonds and interest, bringing the total to $292.1 million. Last...

                  • Depression-era comedy reminds Neuqua students to focus 'on the important things in life'

                    "You Can't Take It with You," a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that became an Academy Award-winning movie, will be presented this week at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. "It's a classic romantic comedy written during the depths of the Great Depression," director Will Schaub said. "At a time...

                  • The case for shop class: How vocational schools and gap years can help ease academic anxiety

                    When New Trier High School student Ben Matejka got his results from the ACT, he was pleased with his score of 27, comfortably above the national average of about 21. But when Ben told his friends, some of their responses took him aback. He got condolences. "My score was much higher than the national...

                  • Aurora, Naperville teens get up on their soapboxes for speech competition on current issues

                    Waubonsie Valley's Maya Benziger spoke out this week against the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar; minutes later Erick Gutierrez, of West Aurora, presented his case for why Donald Trump is not a good president. They were among the eight high school finalists who got up on a soapbox...

                  • Park district to hire consultants to analyze Naperville golf courses

                    The Naperville Park District will hire a consultant firm to help develop master improvement plans for Naperbrook and Springbrook golf courses. In a rare split decision Thursday evening, park board commissioners voted 4-3 in favor of using Martin Design Partnership, of Batavia, for the work. Board...

                  • Naperville News Digest

                    Winter coat and toy drive starts Monday The DuPage County Bar Association is sponsoring its annual clothing and toy drive. Clean, new or gently used winter clothing can be dropped off at the State's Attorney's office, 503 N. County Farm Road, or the DCBA Bar Center, 126 S. County Farm Road, both...

                  • Teacher Feature: Staying curious, always improving keeps teaching fresh, Naperville Central teacher says

                    Seth Brady was working as a survey researcher when he realized it was time to make a change. "I liked my job but it felt like something was not fully right," Brady said. "You think, could I do this for the rest of my life? Yes, but do I want to? I had worked with youth throughout college and I...

                  • Down to Business: Loving what you do key to successful biz, photographer says

                    Business: Jolanta Wulf Photography Address: 1217 Three Farms Ave., Naperville Website/phone: www.jolantawulfphotography.com; 773-447-9676 Owner: Jolanta Wulf Years in business: Eight What does this business do? "Portrait photography," owner Jolanta Wulf said. "Families, couples, newborns, maternity,...

                  • Naperville Arrest Report

                    Recent arrests made by the Naperville Police Department: ?Three men were arrested on charges of continuing financial crime enterprises between 9:12 and 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at an undisclosed location. Charged were Alin Doina, 48, of Pebble Beach Circle in Elk Grove Village, and Dorin Marchidan, 47, and...

                  • Through massive mural, Naperville North alumnus leaves lasting impression on school

                    Naperville North alumnus Jack Rothmund is leaving a lasting mark on his high school. The mural the 2015 graduate painted in the social studies wing might have taken several summers to complete, but the artwork's massive eye gazing into the hallway surrounded by life-like portraits has been causing...

                  • Naperville woman donates half-marathon medal to dog denied legacy award

                    Mina can now add a special legacy medal to her collection of Naperville half marathon finisher hardware. The German shepherd, who has completed the half marathon three consecutive years alongside her owner Debbie Mossburg, was denied a legacy medal in October because of her status as a canine....

                  • Rotary wants to fund outdoor instruments for Naperville 'harmony' park

                    A Naperville park at which people of all ages can play large percussion instruments and create outdoor harmonies has the financial backing of the Rotary Club of Naperville. The idea of a "harmony" park — with durable outdoor xylophones, drums and chimes — caught the interest of Rotary club members...

                  • License facility reopens in Naperville after driver taking test crashes through window

                    A state driver’s license facility in Naperville has reopened after a 79-year-old Downers Grove man accidentally drove through the front window earlier this week. The man had completed his road test shortly before noon Tuesday and had driven back to the facility at 931 W. 75th St., Naperville police...

                  • Naperville People in the News

                    Edward Emergency receives Lantern award The Edward Hospital Emergency Department has been presented with the 2017 Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award. Edward was also recognized in 2011 and 2014 and is one of three hospitals in the country to be honored three times. The Lantern Award recognizes...

                  • Steven Tyler to play 2018 Naperville Ribfest

                    Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, touring with the Loving Mary Band, will be the Saturday night main stage performer at the 2018 Naperville Ribfest. The concert announcement for the July 7 show was made Wednesday on the Ribfest Facebook page, with tickets set to go on sale at 6 p.m. Nov. 22 at...

                  • Chef's Choice: Beauty of food comes from 'inside out,' tapas chef says

                    In Chef's Choice, the Naperville Sun asks local chefs to share their culinary background and experiences and to talk about a featured dish found on their menu. This week, we speak with John Borras, 43, owner and head chef of Macarena Tapas at 618 S. Route 59 in Naperville, which opened in 2007....

                  • Santa House arrives downtown; Santa soon to follow

                    Santa has arrived in Naperville — or, at least, his house has. The red Santa House on the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street, already adorned with snowflakes in the windows, is slated to open for visits and photos with the jolly old man Dec. 1. Admission to visit with Santa...

                  • Naperville Gives More campaign puts focus on Giving Tuesday

                    Several Naperville nonprofit organizations are joining forces to encourage residents to support local charity during the holidays by participating in Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28. In a promotion that organizers say is akin to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday's...

                  • Naperville neighbors step in to raise money for Dairy Queen owner's suicide prevention cause

                    Neighbors on the southeast side of Naperville will rally around a local business owner Sunday who is a fixture in their community. Sports teams, scouting troops, schoolkids and families alike frequent the Dairy Queen in the strip mall at Wehrli and Lisson roads owned by Karen Moloney. What makes...

                  • Naperville company's Water University aims to head off looming global crisis

                    The United Nations estimates there could be a 40 percent global water shortfall by the year 2030, a shortage that will not only impact potable drinking water but that which is used by agriculture and industry. A demand for solutions is what has prompted Ecolab and its subsidiary Nalco Water to...

                  • District 203 achieves top spot among unit districts

                    Naperville School District 203 is at the top of its class when it comes to state-mandated assessment testing. When comparing Illinois unit districts that educate students in kindergarten through 12th grade, "we're the highest of the unit districts in the state of Illinois in terms of our overall...

                  • This Week in Naperville

                    Candace Lawrence wellness lecture Naperville practitioner Candace Lawrence from the Trager Healing Center will give a talk on nutrition as part of the Fort Hill Activity Center's wellness lecture series. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 20 Fort Hill Drive. It's free for Fort...

                  • Aurora, Naperville, others unite against bill that would regulate wireless installations

                    Suburban cities and counties are showing a united front against a bill in Springfield that would regulate small cell wireless installations statewide, but not on a local level. Led by Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, three county board members and seven mayors of other...

                  • Volunteers rush in to fill void on Naperville Dairy Queen owner's teen suicide prevention cause

                    An observation that gives me faith in humanity is that when something’s wrong — when there’s a tragedy or an illness or a natural disaster — people rush in to help. A story about a family’s home burning down runs in the newspaper and people respond with donations and myriad acts of kindness. Hurricanes...

                  • Smashing pumpkins brings nutrients to Naperville community garden

                    The pumpkins smashed Saturday morning had nothing to do with vandalism or kids letting off a little steam. If anything, those who participated were doing a good deed. "This is the first time we've done this, although there have been other pumpkin recycling efforts in the area," said Sue Omanson,...

                  • Naperville tech entrepreneur launches nonprofit to help those with mental illnesses

                    When Mark Hattas was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, his biggest challenge was deciding if he wanted to keep living. "It was not always easy, but once I made the determination about if I was going to survive, then I was going to live," said Hattas, a Naperville technology entrepreneur. "I had...

                  • Trio charged in Naperville ATM scam netting more than $25k, police say

                    Three men who employed a skimming device in Naperville to record ATM card and PIN numbers used to steal more than $25,000 have been arrested on criminal enterprise charges, police said. Alin Doina, 48, of Elk Grove Village; Dorin Marchidan, 47, of Glenview and Adrian Popa, 43, of Glen View, were...

                  • Naperville kids with lice no longer sent home immediately

                    The business of plucking lice from kids' scalps is picking up again Naperville. When children return to school, some bring with them parasites they've inadvertently collected over the summer at sleep-over camp or slumber parties, playing with friends or taking selfies, said Carrie Madej, co-owner...

                  • Naperville arrest report

                    Recent arrests made by the Naperville Police Department: Juan Quebardo-Villanueva, 28, of the 100 block of Blackhawk Lane, Lisle, arrested on a charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license at 9:40 p.m. Oct. 25 in the 1500 block of West Ogden Avenue. Clyde Bennett, 23, of West 18th Street...

                  • Kitschy 1950s revisited in new Naper Settlement holiday exhibit

                    Imagine waking up Christmas morning to the sounds of Perry Como on the record player, a tube television set in the living room and a Hopalong Cassidy doll under a shiny aluminum tree. For some, that may be a long-forgotten memory; for others, it's as strange as a trip to Mars. But for visitors...

                  • Naperville News Digest: DUI busts, Washington Street work, 'Pennies for Pies'

                    ACE-Naperville holding candidate forum Five local candidates running for office in 2018 will speak about issues important to the Naperville area from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at First Congregational Church-UCC, 25 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Candidates scheduled to attend include Becky...

                  • Teacher Feature: Junior high educator strives for those 'light-bulb' moments

                    Chris Heffernan stands out in the crowd, and it's not because of the brightly colored pants he wears each day as a teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville. For more than two decades, it's what the seventh-grade teacher does inside the classroom that makes him a standout. Heffernan...

                  • Newcomer member of the month: Jennifer Lymangood

                    Each month the Naperville Sun publishes a question-and-answer profile of a member of the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club. The November member of the month is Jennifer Lymangood. Tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in Naperville. I graduated from Naperville North High School, where...

                  • Down to Business: Don't be scared by high-intensity exercise, J-Fit owner says

                    Business: J-Fit Address: 34 W. Jefferson Ave., lower level, Naperville Phone/website: 630-791-0381, www.j-fit.com Owner: Jen Hoeft Years in business: 1.5 What does this business do? High-intensity workout classes, owner Jen Hoeft said. "I think (the idea of high-intensity exercise) can scare people...

                  • Naperville poised to approve committee to steer 5th Avenue redevelopment project

                    The Naperville City Council is expected to approve the idea of a 12-person committee to steer its 5th Avenue redevelopment project Tuesday and to set a path for how the group will proceed. Committee members would be tasked with guiding the process of gathering input in conjunction with still-to-be-named...

                  • Naperville Park District offering training for Santa event volunteers

                    If the thought of being Santa's little helper is right up your alley this holiday season, the Naperville Park District has plenty of opportunities to help spread a little Christmas cheer. Volunteers are needed to work at such holiday events as the Santa House, Skating with Santa and the Magical...

                  • State lawmaker to sponsor concussion legislation proposed by Naperville students

                    A local state representative will sponsor concussion legislation advocated by two Naperville high school students. State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit said she will work with Neuqua Valley juniors Rekha Iyer and Jash Desai, both of Naperville, in drafting a bill that better defines the procedures schools...

                  • Trump election prompted new book, Denis Leary tells Naperville crowd

                    Denis Leary has always been a little unorthodox in his thinking, which is why Sue Chruszch wanted to see him in person. "I've always been a fan of his show, 'Rescue Me,' and he is a little left of center, but I am as well," said Chruszch, of Carol Stream, of the actor/comedian. "I've also seen...

                  • Neuqua Valley's principal Bob McBride wins national Bell Award for leadership

                    Neuqua Valley High School's Bob McBride is one of eight principals in the country to earn the 2017 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. McBride will be honored Monday during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. "As a principal, my job is to get...

                  • Chef's Choice: Traditional pho the top-seller for Vietnamese restaurant

                    In Chef's Choice, the Naperville Sun asks local chefs to share their culinary background and experiences and to talk about a featured dish found on their menu. This week, we speak with Connie Nguyen, 35, co-owner of Pho Thien Vietnamese Kitchen at 931 W 75th St. Nguyen operates the family restaurant...

                  • Naperville People in the News

                    Foundation donates $20k to cancer center The Phil Lawler Batting 4 A Cure Foundation on Oct. 30 donated $20,000 to the Edward Foundation to be used for Edward Cancer Center patient programs and services. The Lawler family formed the foundation in memory of their father, Phil Lawler, a Naperville...

                  • Ex-Chicago cop admits guilt, reimburses Naperville homeless man whose tent he set on fire

                    A retired Chicago police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal damage charges and reimbursed a Naperville homeless man and self-described political protester for burning down his roadside tent last year. James Povolo, a Naperville resident, entered the plea in DuPage County court after admitting...

                  • New Naperville Christkindlmarket mug features Moser Tower, Martin Mitchell Mansion

                    Patrons at Naperville Christkindlmarket this year will have the opportunity to drink hot beverages of their choice from souvenir mugs displaying images of the city's Moser Tower and Martin Mitchell Mansion. While the suburban market last year had its own mug design — different from the mug offered...

                  • 'Our Town' insights still fitting today, Naperville Central director says

                    Naperville Central High School will present "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the fictional East Coast town of Grover's Corners. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school's auditorium, 440 Aurora Ave. in downtown Naperville. "'Our...

                  • Naperville police, fire drop boxes collect 1.2 tons of drugs in one year

                    More than a ton of prescription and over-the-counter drugs — 2,342 pounds to be exact — have been voluntarily dropped off at Naperville police and fire departments collection boxes in the past 12 months, city officials said. Drop-off containers sit outside each of Naperville's 10 fire stations...

                  • Scholarships, organ donation blankets funded through foundation for late teen

                    Neuqua Valley High School student Kyle Zuleg lost his life a little more than seven years ago in a camping accident, but the memory of the teen who wanted to be a sportscaster continues thanks, in part, to the foundation that bears his name, his family says. On Friday, the Kyle Zuleg Foundation's...

                  • This Week in Naperville

                    Denis Leary at North Central Actor and comedian Denis Leary will talk about his new book, "Why We Don't Suck," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are required to attend and include a signed copy of his book. The event also features a question-and-answer...

                  • Robotic plants, dancer-singers add unique elements to 'Little Shop'

                    Metea Valley High School brings high-energy music and a man-eating plant to the stage with "Little Shop of Horrors." Performances will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school's auditorium, 1801 N. Eola Road, Aurora. "'Little Shop of Horrors' is a cult classic and dark...

                  • Naperville man wins $250,000 lottery prize

                    A Naperville man won the $250,000 Crossword lottery prize playing a ticket he purchased in Aurora, the Illinois Lottery announced Tuesday. Devery Carr bought and scratched the ticket he purchased at a 7-Eleven at 1202 N. Eola Road and then turned it over to a store clerk to see if he'd won anything,...

                  • Naperville schools rank among state's best on SAT

                    Naperville high schools continue to rank among the top high schools in the state based on SAT figures released this week by the Illinois State Board of Education. Last spring, juniors for the first time took the SAT instead the ACT, which had served as a measure of student success in the state...

                  • Survey wants to know source of Naperville student stress; results to be shared at January forum

                    A survey given to Naperville middle and high school students will be used to help identify causes of what has been described as a culture of stress that some say have led to destructive behaviors among teens. The results will be presented at a first-of-its-kind "State of the Kids" forum slated...

                  • Ex-Naperville teacher accused of having sex with teen gets probation in plea deal

                    A former Naperville teacher who had been accused of sexually abusing the teenage son of a friend pleaded guilty Monday to other charges as part of a deal with DuPage County prosecutors and was sentenced to probation. Christine M. Taylor, 46, agreed to admit guilt to one count of felony obstruction...

                  • Halloween costumes, autumn activities draw crowd to DuPage Children's Museum's Fall Fest

                    Dinosaurs, bumblebees and other creatures invaded the DuPage Children's Museum Saturday during the annual Fall Festival, offering colorful crafts, autumn-themed exhibits and special musical performances. The museum encouraged children, parents and staff to dress in Haloween costumes for the two-day...

                  • Proposed Naperville budget calls for less than 1% property tax increase

                    Naperville City Council members and city staff Monday will begin discussing the city's proposed $445.4 million budget for 2018 that could bring with it a $62 property tax increase for the average Naperville homeowner. The first budget workshop meeting is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 30, the first of three...

                  • 'This is a disease': Opioid crisis moves from local stage to national spotlight

                    President Donald Trump this week declared what people in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties have known for years: opioid abuse is a national public health emergency. While local officials were thrilled the issue was finally brought to the national limelight, many questioned if it will have...

                  • Actress Gabrielle Union says life experiences, therapy help lead to 'authentic self'

                    Gabrielle Union could be content with her accomplishments. She started her acting career on "Saved By the Bell: The New Class" in the 1990s, then went on to play other television and movie roles, including the lead in "Being Mary Jane," the BET show about a strong-willed news anchor. Union has...

                  • Hundreds to brave elements to empathize with, raise money for homeless in DuPage County

                    Are my kids cold? Are they hungry? Could I lose them if someone finds them sleeping in my car? Those are the thoughts that keep Amy Van Polen awake at night when she and her children participate in Sleep Out Saturday, a fundraiser for Bridge Communities, a nonprofit group that provides housing,...

                  • Naperville Arrest Report

                    Aaron Thomas, 25, of the 100 block of Warren Avenue, Aurora, was arrested for operating an uninsured motor vehicle at 9:48 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 1500 block of Aurora Avenue. Anthony Delnero, 19, of the 3400 block of Keller Lane, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:12 p.m. Oct....

                  • Down to Business: Form and endurance equals fitness for CrossFit owner

                    Business: Pure Force CrossFit Address: 550 Industrial Drive, Naperville Phone/website: 630-848-7000, pureforcecrossfit.com Owner: Dan Cirino Years in business: 1.5 years What does this business do? "CrossFit is a combination of gymnastics movements, Olympic movements and just endurance movements,"...

                  • Naperville News Digest

                    Basket Brigade seeks help for DuPage families The DuPage Basket Brigade, which coordinates and delivers Thanksgiving baskets to DuPage County families and individuals in need, is seeking financial contributions. Officials with the nonprofit volunteer group said they aren't on pace to meet their...

                  • Naperville man killed by Cabo wave days before women died same way

                    A Naperville man and a former Naperville woman vacationing separately in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, drowned days apart after large, unexpected waves swept them into the Pacific. Beverly Skripsky, 67, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Naperville, died Sunday as did twin sister Barbara Thomas, of McKinney,...

                  • Indian Prairie District 204 to gather community input with new engagement program

                    The Indian Prairie School District 204 community will have a chance to mold the future of the district through a new community engagement program. District 204 kicks off its Engage 204 sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive in Aurora, giving residents, businesses...

                  • New townhouses proposed for Naperville lot near Route 59 Metra station

                    A vacant parking lot near the intersection of North Aurora Road and Continental Avenue could be the location for 19 new Naperville townhouses. Developer M/I Homes of Chicago is proposing two 6-unit buildings and one 7-unit building for the 1.72-acre property near the Route 59 Metra station, according...

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